Rhododendron

As one of the South’s favorite shrubs, this vibrant plant has blooms that come in a variety of intoxicating colors. Depending on size, the sun requirements will vary, but most Rhododendron prefer shade or filtered light! They prefer acidic soils that are moist but well drained and it’s important to remember that clay soils are made to promote good drainage. Their flowers are known to attract pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies, but you won't have to worry about deer munching on the leaves because rhododendron plants are known for being deer resistant!

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Rhododendron’s are beautiful and showy but can be one of the more difficult varieties to grow.  Soil acidity, sun exposure and water are all sensitive factors when planting a rhododendron.  However, the vibrant display of blooms is well worth the extra care required for these plants.

  • Plant in the spring, after all dangers of frost have passed.
  • Plant in well-prepared soil, making sure to note proper acidity and water levels.  Soggy roots can quickly kill a rhododendron.
  • Rhododendron’s do best when planted in beds, rather than individually.
  • Water and mulch directly after planting.
  • Fertilize yearly in the fall after a freeze or in the spring.
  • Once planted properly and yearly maintenance is in place rhododendrons simply need minor pruning and de-heading, and adequate watering.